San Luis Obispo sellers that will be listing their home for Sale in 2011 will have the upper hand if they follow some simple tips when preparing their Home For Sale? As the new year approaches and I am getting inquires about listing property, the question has come up; "How do I get my home ready to put it on the market?"
Well you can watch a four minute video on my website, explaining how to prepare your home for sale.
Or see the list below to set your home up for the best possible chances for being sold first and impress any buyer.
1. First impressions are everything. What first impressions is your home giving? - If your yard, walkway and landscaping are over grown and need some trimming, get it done before buyers start coming by. Trim back hedges, rake the leaves and make the yard nice and neat.
2. What focal point can you enhance to build better curb appeal? If you have a large oak in your front yard or a beautiful rose garden, make sure they are showcased in the best possible way to appeal to buyers. Trim back hedges into tidy mounds. Also they may be blocking in natural sunlight that could be filtering back into rooms in the house.
3. What first impression is your front door or entry saying? Every buyer will judge your house in the first eight seconds.Give the front door a fresh coat of paint and update the hardware & new screen on the door to impress buyers. Pay attention to detail to make the home look as expensive as possible.
4. Where can you reap the most benefits on enticing a buyer? Kitchen and Bathrooms sell homes. In the kitchen, make simple changes by giving the cabinets a fresh coat of paint. Keep counter tops clear and clutter free. Don't leave out mail and personal items that others can see. You want the buyer to envision themselves in this house. It's hard to envision with personal photos and your stuff all over.
5. What simple things in the bathroom can you do? Freshen things up with a new coat of paint on the cabinets, re-grouting or re-glaze your bathtub. Keep the amount of items on the counter tops down to a minimum. If you are still living in the home, keep the toothpaste and toothbrushes away and take it out as you need them
6. What are buyers looking for in bedrooms? You want your bedrooms to feel bigger, so keep clothes and stuff off the floor. De-clutter and remove extra furniture so rooms feel bigger and give the impression of light and expansiveness. Clean rooms look bigger.
7. Where else can you catch a buyers eye? Linen Closets and overall attention to order and detail will give buyers the impression you keep your things tidy and the home is probably just as taken care of. Stacking towels neat and tidy go a long way. Remember to keep it simple if you are staging your property as well. Simple is Better!
These simple changes can add value to the overall sale of your home. You only have one time to make a first impression, make it the best possible impression you can.